- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - The Mall of America plans to close its movie theaters next week and revamp the space for a new entertainment venue.

Mall spokesman Dan Jasper says the 14 theater screens will go dark at the end of the business day Wednesday.

The Bloomington mall has offered movies ever since it opened in 1992.

Jasper tells the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/2hhFYm1 ) the new entertainment venue will open late next year and does not currently have a presence in the Midwest. He declined to describe what the new venue will offer but said more will be announced in early January.

The mall has branded its fourth-floor movie venue as Theatres at Mall of America for the past eight years. Jasper says the theaters have been successful.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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